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Temple University Aramark Student Complex

Posted: November 26, 2018 | Projects

The Temple University Aramark Student Training and Recreation Complex (STAR) brings together a variety of athletic, academic, and recreation programs into one facility. Located on the western edge of the Temple University campus in north Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the STAR facility takes its shape by maximizing the previous site of a football field and community running track.

Photo Courtesy of Greg Benson Photo

The main corner entrance is situated underneath the new elevated community jogging track that serves as both a bridge over the entry plaza and as a canopy for the vestibule. Within the three-story space of the main entry is the climbing and bouldering wall, juice bar, lounge space, and the main access points to the collection of programs housed within the facility.

Past the climbing wall and comprising the majority of the southern portions of the building are the College of Public Health’s clinical education spaces. This three-story portion contains classrooms and offices, as well as physical and occupational therapy teaching labs. A demonstration/teaching apartment with wheelchair-height kitchen and appliances gives students experience with the equipment used by individuals with physical disabilities.

To the north of the academic portion is the 75-yard indoor turf field house within a pre-engineered metal building. The classrooms and field house are separated by circulation, restrooms, mechanical, and a double sound wall to mitigate field house noise. The turf field is used by varsity and intramural athletics, as well as various other university activities that can take advantage of such a large indoor space.

A main feature of this space is the northern wall that incorporates the Temple University “T” logo into the translucent glazing (Kalwall), providing additional branding and natural light.

Bordering the turf field to the east is an 8,500-square-foot fitness space. Operated by campus recreation and open to all students, this facility focuses primarily on weight training and complements an existing recreation center just to the east of the building.

The project was designed for a LEED silver certification and uses both underground water storage to the north of the field and a recessed rain garden filled with local vegetation.

The combination of metal building for the turf field with the conventional construction of the academic portion allowed for an efficiency of cost and construction speed for the large spaces while maintaining a street presence and aesthetic appeal of the conventional building with brick and decorative metal panel for the building frontage.

Building Envelope: Nucor, Citadel Architectural Products

Roofing: Carlisle, Nucor

Windows, Entrances, Storefronts & Curtain Wall: YKK AP America

Flooring: Daltile, XL Brands, Plae, Ecore, Interface, Armstrong Field Turf

Interior: 3M, GRG Technologies, Vitro

Lighting: LSI, Lux Dynamics, Barbican, Spectrum, Selux, Architectural LGT Works, Prudential

Daylighting: Kawneer

Elevators: Otis

Project Team

Moody Nolan
300 Spruce Street, #300
Columbus, OH 43215

Structural Engineer
Harman Group
900 W. Valley Forge Road, #200
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
Brinjac Engineering
226 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Civil Engineer
Langan, Inc.
1818 Market Street, #3300
Philadelphia, PA 19103

General Contractor
E.P. Guidi, Inc.
1301 S. Bethlehem Pike
Ambler, PA 19002

Date Bid: Jun 2016

Construction Period: Jun 2016 to Sep 2017         

Total Square Feet: 110,751

Site: 3.02 acres.

Number of Buildings: One; 8 classrooms/labs, seating 20 to 75; indoor football practice field. 

Building Sizes: Basement, 3,144; first floor, 75,806; mezzanine, 13,503; third floor, 16,025; penthouse, 1,344; fitness platforms, 9,29; total, 110,751 square feet. 

Building Height: Basement, 12′; first floor, 15′; mezzanine, 16′; third floor, 16′, penthouse, 16′; total, 57′. 

Basic Construction Type: New/IB/Pre-Engineered Metal Building.

Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade, spread footings.

Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtain wall, metal panel.

Roof: Metal, EPDM.

Floors: Concrete.

Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

View full project details in magazine issue November-December 2018